U.S. Salernitana 1919

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Full name Unione Sportiva Salernitana 1919 S.r.l.
Nickname(s) i Granata (The Garnets)
Founded 1919
2005 (refounded)
2011 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Arechi,
Salerno,[1] Italy
Ground Capacity 37,245[2]
Chairman Marco Mezzaroma and Claudio Lotito
Manager Leonardo Menichini
League Lega Pro/C
2013–14 Lega Pro Prima Divisione/B, 9th

Unione Sportiva Salernitana 1919, or simply Salernitana is an Italian association football club from Salerno, Campania. It currently plays in Lega Pro.

The club is the legitimate heir of the former Salernitana Calcio 1919[3] and there is a sports continuity also with the former Salerno Calcio[4] in the 2011–12 season[5][6] that is restarted from Serie D[7] instead that from Terza Categoria, thanks to Article 52 NOIF of FIGC.[8]

Salerno Calcio is immediately promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione where it played as Salernitana 1919.[3] It was immediately promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione.


From Unione Sportiva Salernitana to Salernitana Calcio 1919[edit]

The origins of the team go back to 1919 when in Salerno was founded the former Unione Sportiva Salernitana renamed Salernitana Sport in 1978, which spent the vast majority of their history at the Serie B and Serie C levels of Italian football. Salernitana is the Italian word for 'sultana,' a name given in honour of the vast amounts of sultana, dates and raisin farming in that region of Italy.

Salernitana plays their home games at Stadio Arechi. In their earliest years, Salernitana competed in the Italian Football Championship on a regional basis. They played at this level for four seasons during the 1920s. Since that time the club returned to the top level of Italian football twice; they played in Serie A during 1947–48 and 1998–99.

Salernitana, who wear an all-maroon kit, have had several name changes since they first appeared in 1919; one was after a merger with Audax Salerno.

In 2005 the club went bankrupt but were refounded by Antonio Lombardi, changing the name from Salernitana Sport to Salernitana Calcio 1919.

In the summer 2011, it did not appeal against the exclusion of Covisoc and it is excluded by the Italian football.

From Salerno Calcio to US Salernitana 1919[edit]

Salernitana-Cosenza 2014-15

On 21 July 2011 the mayor of Salerno Vincenzo De Luca chooses the proposal of the company Morgenstern S.r.l. administered by Gianni Mezzaroma making so born the new team Salerno Calcio, thus representing the city in Serie D.[9] Member of society and the great protagonist of the project is Claudio Lotito,[10] president of Lazio. His brother in law and Gianni's son, Marco Mezzaroma is the president of team:[11] he is the husband of the former minister Mara Carfagna, born in the town.[12]

The club in the 2011–12 season was immediately promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione winning the Group G of Serie D.

On 12 July 2012 the club was renamed US Salernitana 1919.[3]

2012–13 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione[edit]

In the 2012–13 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season, Salernitana finished first in Girone B, and was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. This was the second consecutive promotion for the team.

Colours, badge and nicknames[edit]

Salernitana's original kit.

Salernitana originally wore light blue and white striped shirts, known in Italy as biancocelesti.[13] The blue on the shirt was chosen to represent the sea, Salerno the city lies right next to the Gulf of Salerno and has a long tradition as a porting city. During the 1940s the club changed to maroon coloured shirts, which has gained them the nickname granata in their homeland.

In the 2011–12 season as Salerno Calcio the shirt was striped blue and deep red, with the symbol of St. Matthew, patron of the city, similar to that of Barcelona.[14]

Since 12 July 2012 with the renaming as US Salernitana 1919, the colour of the first shirt is again the traditional garnet.[3]

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 February 2015

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Italy GK Piergraziano Gori
Italy GK Raffaele Esposito
Italy GK Stefano Russo
Italy DF Maurizio Lanzaro
Italy DF Trevor Trevisan
Italy DF Alessandro Tuia
Italy DF Alberto Bianchi
Italy DF Michele Franco
Italy DF Antonio Bocchetti
Italy DF Luigi Pezzella
Italy DF Riccardo Colombo
Italy MF Antonio Grillo
No. Position Player
Italy MF Luca Tagliavacche
Italy MF Andrea Bovo
Italy MF Davide Moro
Italy MF Manuel Giandonato
Italy MF Manolo Pestrin (captain)
Italy MF Andrea Nalini
Brazil FW Caetano Calil
Brazil FW Denilson Gabionetta
Italy FW Maikol Negro
Italy FW Ettore Mendicino
Italy FW Giampietro Perrulli
Romania FW Andrei Cristea

Former players[edit]

From Italian national football team:

From other national football team:


Serie B:

  • Winners (2): 1946–47; 1997–98

Serie C / Serie C1:

  • Winners (2): 1937–38; 1965–66; 2007–08
  • Runners-up (2): 1989–90; 1993–94

Coppa Italia Serie C:

Lega Pro Seconda Divisione:

  • Winner (1): 2012–13

Serie D:

  • Winner (1): 2011–12 (as Salerno Calcio)


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